Merchants River House

4.2
1387 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Merchants River House is a casual, family-friendly restaurant located on the Hudson River Esplanade with stunning views of the Hudson River and Statue of Liberty. We have 55 seats of indoor dining and 150 seats on two outdoor terraces, the perfect locale for enjoying sunsets over the Hudson.

Merchants River House serves moderately priced American Bistro fare. The expansive menu includes burgers, chicken, salads and steaks. In addition, there are seafood choices such as North Atlantic Salmon and Fish & Chips. Our Kid's Menu features kid-friendly choices such as mac & cheese, chicken fingers and penne pasta.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors

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Sun 12:00PM - 2:00PM 4:00PM - 6:00PM 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Mon - Fri 4:00PM - 6:00PM 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Sat 12:00PM - 2:00PM 4:00PM - 6:00PM 8:00PM - 9:00PM

What 1387 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

everything great except sometimes music is too loud

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KaylaH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Took our kids to eat and see the Statue of Liberty during sunset. We had reservations, but we were almost the only ones there. Food was good. Pricey but no more than anything else in the city. Great views!

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vipRickS
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Loved the view. Great waitress.

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marys
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location plus great service and food. Will definitely be returning!

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NancyW
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The view was great. The food was great. Service was very good. We were just too close to the opening / entering door on a cold night. I would take clients again!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Savannah
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience3

The appetizers (avocado fries and lobster mac n cheese) were very promising for the meal to come. I was underwhelmed by the steak I got with my caesar salad. Our server Kamilla (?) was very quiet and short with us and gave us an awkward vibe making the night even less enjoyable. All the other employees that stopped by our table were very friendly and kind!

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brianw
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very good experience! Beautiful location right on the River, service was attentive, and food was very good. The random photographer was a little weird but I’d definitely recommend the restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

absolutely amazing. the food is great, service is top notch, vibes are immaculate. i recommend this place to all.

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madelinem
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice atmosphere and tasty food. Server might have been on the job for the first time but an overall nice experience.

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AprilC
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

We are not from New York. Servers and hostess look down their noses at us. We won’t return.

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Rene
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The view and food are amazing! However, the server’s attitude put a sour taste in me and my friend’s mouths. The not so enthusiastic server is the only reason for less than 5 stars.

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JaniceP
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location and view! Good value, as well. Will definitely recommend to friends visiting that area.

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NvyDoc
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

This is a good place to have dinner in lower Manhattan with a river view. An unexpected storm blew in and the staff stood outside over a large family and held umbrellas over them. The restaurant was too small to move them inside. These guys went out of their way to help this poor family. We were really impressed with the staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Bad wifi and few outlets

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GingerC
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It had beautiful view, helpful staff, amazing food

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Slow waiter, delicious food! Worth it

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MarkB
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

This was our first time here at Merchants River House. We sat outside to enjoy the weather. The food was excellent. Our service was alright. We were seated immediately and placed our drinks and appetizer order which came out quickly. After that our server kind of disappeared. Eventually another server arrived and took our entree orders. Aside from that, there were no complaints. The managerial staff stopped by our table at least twice to check in on our evening. I would definitely eat there again.

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Repoman
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Do something about the bathroom lines! Staff waiting on tables took too long to bring items requested. For the price paid for their starter appetizers $17 for spinach dip that was not worth that price. Half would have been better.

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BettyV
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The weather was nice so we ate outside, with views of the river and the Esplanade. Service was efficient and friendly, food was very good. Reasonable for NYC

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DannyP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Ice machine not working for frozen drinks
Asked for a birthday dessert on opentable reservation no dessert was provided
Steak took over 35 mins to come out

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Starting with the rat that ran behind me, there were flies, bees, nats, and mosquitos everywhere including our food that was inedible and cold. This restaurant has so much hope from the outside but it does not live up to the image portrayed

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vipPeytonF
Mississippi
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Other than being impossible to find, we had a reservation for indoor seating but was sat outside, not a big deal. Then they didn’t have the seasonal Sam Adam’s IPA, then they were “out” of the steak.

Once our food arrived we then had to wait at least 4 minutes for someone to bring us silverware and the additions to our meals. Service was below mediocre.

Overall pretty disappointing place. If it’s a date or a special occasion you might be better offer choosing somewhere else.

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SarahR
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Nice views.

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vipNancyG
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful lunch with a group of girls, great stuff waitress and food

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NycTourist
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely setting right by the water! Yummy food! Lovely patio

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ErickaJ
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Shout out to Mercedes!!!!! You were fabulous!!!! Thanks again.

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vipJkmPkm
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great waterview dining. Just north of Battery Park so we paired it with our trip to the Statue of Liberty. Relaxed dining with delicious burgers. A nice find off the main roads!

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vipMarC
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

The ambiance and the view are excellent, but the food is average. The batter used for the avocado fries is a little too think.

I am getting used to the service by wait staff in NY - we are all learning from each other.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was good, mac n cheese waffles also very good. Server was attentive but busboys were in such a hurry to clean the table. I was not done with my soup and they already wanted to remove my plate, also happened with appetizers and wine glasses when we still had some wine in the bottle. Appetizers and main entree came all at once.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Experience
Everyone was cordial and they checked on us very often! It was great. Food was pretty good as well - no argument there. Level of service was in point. I would dine again

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience2

Food was good but restaurant seemed dirty

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LuisG
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Extremely disappointed with the overall experience at Merchant. Was looking forward to celebrating a party of 6 with a bit more bang for the buck. Unfortunately, the food was underwhelming, the drinks were lacking and, the state of the restrooms was filthy. The overall experience was average at best.

The service was really good and very much appreciated. The ambiance was nice but, all in all, my family and I were not particularly fond of the dining experience.

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MeganH
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal. All 6 of our party enjoyed the meal. Staff was super attentive

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Kiki
New England
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience4

great tasting and quality food. drinks were watered down. waitress forgot about our table for over an hour

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MikM
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Service was subpar. I understand we are in rough times, but you would expect at least a little decency for the service industry in general. They were out of some core menu staples, and the appetizers came with dinner instead of before. But the food we actually ate was great! So if you are willing to set aside appropriate for good food id say dine here but there are plenty or comparable restaurants in this area with great food and great service.

JM
vipJohnMac
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Inside and outside dining with great water views. Food was excellent with impressive presentation. Reasonable Manhattan pricing for the value.

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CharlesB
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

nice to eat with water view.
staff very friendly
waitress rather slow with bringing food
coffee not hot
food good

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CdBBetter
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Gorgeous day so it worked out nicely to sit outside but wait staff don’t wear masks so it’s a little off putting now. My food had to be sent back for more cooking. Ordered a salad with steak medium (lightly pink) and it came more like rare to med rare and blood on plate. They do put it separate so I was glad that wasn’t bleeding on my salad.

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vipHarrisH
London
47 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience1

Inferior service and attention staff was confused. Good very ordinary. You'll long time btw courses.

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DeniseE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service, apps, drinks and entrees were all outstanding and the view couldn’t have been better!

FAQs

Merchants River House offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 432-1451.

Merchants River House is rated 4.2 stars by 1387 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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